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Nash, Ryan on Flyers' radar; 2014 draft in Philly

PITTSBURGH — The Flyers aren’t done talking with the Columbus Blue Jackets, a source confirmed on Friday.

Nash, Ryan on Flyers' radar; 2014 draft in Philly

The Flyers are discussing acquiring left winger Rick Nash from the Blue Jackets. (Terry Gilliam/AP Photo)
The Flyers are discussing acquiring left winger Rick Nash from the Blue Jackets. (Terry Gilliam/AP Photo)

PITTSBURGH — The Flyers aren’t done talking with the Columbus Blue Jackets, a source confirmed on Friday.

They are still having conversations with Columbus general manager Scott Howson about a potential deal for Rick Nash, a star left winger with a $7.8 million cap hit (ouch) through 2017-18.

Earlier Friday, the Flyers sent backup goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to the Blue Jackets for three draft picks, including a second-rounder (45th overall) on Saturday.

The Flyers are also in talks with Anaheim about bringing South Jersey product Bobby Ryan ($5.1 million cap hit through 2014-15) back home. The right winger, a Cherry Hill native, has scored more than 30 goals in each of the last four seasons.

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In other developments, a source said it was “highly unlikely” the Flyers would sign an offer sheet when Nashville defenseman Shea Weber becomes a restricted free agent on July 1. Nashville would have the right to match the offer and keep Weber.

As for potential unrestricted free agents, the Flyers have most of their interest in left winger Zach Parise, defenseman Ryan Suter, and defenseman Justin Schultz, who was drafted by Anaheim in 2008 but did not sign. A star at Wisconsin, Schultz is regarded as a “can’t-miss” prospect and believed to be NHL-ready; he would give the Flyers a much-needed right-handed shot on defense.

The first round of the draft starts at 7 p.m. Friday in Pittsburgh.

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The NHL announced that the 2014 draft will be in Phialdelphia at the Wells Fargo Center.

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